Best San Antonio Neighborhoods for Historic Architecture

Best San Antonio Neighborhoods for Historic Architecture

October 6, 2013 | Best Cities and Neighborhoods, Best Neighborhoods

Founded in the early 1700s, historic San Antonio is one of the oldest European settlements in the United States and the influences of its Spanish past are still evident in many San Antonio neighborhoods. The city was also the site of several battles during the Texas Revolution and is home to one of the most historic architectural wonders in Texas: the Alamo. Today, San Antonio is a thriving metropolis filled with popular sports teams, the largest marine-life theme park in the world and countless shops and restaurants. Still, if you’re a bit of a history buff and want to find a San Antonio apartment in a neighborhood with historic architecture, you’ll want to check out these areas:

King William

Located just south of downtown, King William is filled with historic 19th-century mansions designed in the Victorian, Italianate and Greek Revival styles. These stately homes were built by the many Germans who immigrated to the area in the 1840s, earning the neighborhood the nickname “Sauerkraut Bend.” Today, King William is considered a fashionable place to live, and is particularly popular because it’s so close to San Antonio’s business district. Because it’s located right along the San Antonio River, King William is also a great neighborhood for biking or taking a stroll.

Alamo Plaza

While it’s played host to a diverse array of people and cultures throughout its history, Alamo Plaza is likely best known as the site of (you guessed it!) the Alamo. Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo gained fame as the site of an epic military battle during the Texas Revolution. You can visit a number of other historic buildings after finding a San Antonio apartment in Alamo Plaza, including the old Federal Post Office and the Menger Hotel–both built in the 1800s.

Auditorium Circle

There are three examples of historic architecture in Auditorium Circle that you won’t want to miss: the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, the Southwestern Bell Building and the Martin Wright Building. The namesake of the neighborhood, the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium is one of the most well-loved buildings in the city and covers 125,000 square feet. After marveling at the neighborhood’s architectural wonders, take a stroll along the nearby San Antonio River.

St. Paul Square

On the east side of downtown San Antonio lies St. Paul Square, a name derived from the Gothic Revival style Old St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, which was built in the late 19th century. The area grew rapidly with the introduction of the railroad, and although it fell out of fashion during the 1960s and 70s, today it is experiencing a rebirth of sorts. Historic Sunset Station is home to many dining and entertainment venues.

Mission

The Mission Historic District encompasses four missions established by Franciscan friars in the 18th century–Concepcion, San Jose, Espada and San Juan Capistrano–as well as their fields and acequias. The missions are still active parish churches today, and much of the neighborhood has been transformed into an urban environment.

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